2017 Biennial Jean Monnet conference and kick-off meeting for new beneficiaries

27-28 November 2017, Brussels

About the conference

The Jean Monnet biennial Conference (BiCo) will be organised in November 2017 back to back with a kick-off meeting of new beneficiaries of Jean Monnet Activities (co-organised by EACEA). The 2017 year's edition of the JM conference will be devoted to the current major political turning point in EU history and its consequences for the future of the European integration. This theme has been very high on the agenda of political and academic debates recently and is about to gain even more relevance in the light of the Commission's White Paper, the speech on the state of the union by president Juncker and also major political developments in EU member states in the course of 2017. This year's conference objective is to allow debate on important EU-policy issues but also to disseminate information on more technical issues for the new grant holders.

Programme

 

Monday 27 November morning: Kick off meeting only for newly selected (2017 call) beneficiaries

09.00 – 09.30

Registration

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome and introduction to the Jean Monnet Kick-off meeting / coordinators’ conference

EACEA staff

09.45 – 10.30

General issues related to the implementation and management of the Jean Monnet selected projects 2017

Snejina Nikolova, Project Adviser, EACEA

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break with networking corners/tables for the different Jean Monnet activities (Modules, Chairs, Centres of Excellence, Projects, Networks, Associations)

EACEA staff

11.00 – 11.45

Financial issues: presentation and Q&A

EACEA staff

11.45 – 12.15

Dissemination: Database Erasmus+ Project Results

EACEA staff

12.15 – 13.00

Bilateral meetings: Specific meetings with EACEA project officers in charge of your project

EACEA staff

13.00 – 14.00

Buffet lunch

14.00-14.30

Registration for other participants (not new beneficiaries)

27 November afternoon: Jean Monnet Actions – expectations and best practices for all invited participants

14.30 – 14.40

Introductory remarks

Claire Morel, Head of Unit, DG EAC, International relations Unit

14.40 – 15.00

Jean Monnet: Moving forward after the Mid-term review

Amaya Perez de Albeniz, Head of Unit, EACEA, Jean Monnet Unit

15.00 – 15.45

Best practices in Jean Monnet Activities – panel discussion

Panellists: Tamara Capeta, Professor, University of Zagreb (Croatia); Phillippe De Bruycker, Professor,  Université  Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); Ana Bojinovic Fenko, Professor, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)..

15.45 – 16.25

Open debate

Moderator: Edith Genser, Programme Coordinator, EACEA

16.25 – 16.45

Coffee break

16.45 – 17.15

Ideas for the new programme period – panel discussion

Panellists: Alberto Alemanno, Professor, HEC, Paris (FR); Heidi Maurer, Professor, University of Maastricht (NL); Bruno Mascitelli, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology (AU).

17.15 – 17.45

Open debate

Moderator: Anita Pelle, Professor, University of Szeged (HU)

 

17.45 – 18.00

Closing of Day 1

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director, DG EAC

18.30

Dinner

Tuesday, 28 November – Europe at a turning point?

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome speech

Martine Reicherts, Director General, DG EAC.

09.40 – 10.00

Keynote address: a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe

Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe, Head of Brussels office.

10.00 – 11.15

Panel discussion: "Plans for the Future of Europe"

Introductory remarks followed by a moderated panel discussion and open debate.

How to keep the wind in the EU's sails?
The EU managed to overcome several interlinked crises recently, but still challenges exist. What is the best policy mix to tackle challenges and ensure a secure and prosperous Union in the long run?

Building a more democratic Union – political and institutional issues at hand
How to support further democratisation of the EU by stronger public involvement and institutional reforms?

Vision/s for Europe​
In line with the 2017 State of the Union speech, the EU needs to remain a club of equal members. How to reach this objective in the long run?

Panellist speaker(s): Ulrike Liebert, Professor, University of Bremen (DE); Ms. Roza Thun Hohenstein, MEP, EPP.; Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe, Head of Brussels office.

Open discussion
Moderator: Jens Nymand-Christensen, Deputy Director General, DG EAC.

11.15 – 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00

Panel discussion: Reflections and Actions on how to Shape Europe's Future.

Introductory remarks followed by a moderated panel discussion and open debate.

Assessment of EU initiatives on furthering the European integration.

European values, European citizenship, our cultural heritage and their role in shaping the future of European integration.

The EU as a global actor – trade, foreign and security issues and global challenges.

The role of media in the debate on Europe​.

Panellist speaker(s): Olivier Costa, Director of Studies, College of Europe, Brugge; Anna Triandafylidou, research area Director, European University Institute, Florence; Alasdair Young professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA).

Open discussion
Moderator: Amelia Hadfield, professor, University of Canterbury, UK.

13.00 – 14.30

Buffet lunch

Afternoon: Thematic parallel panels based on key sectoral issues in separate rooms

14.30 – 16.00

PANEL ONE: Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union

Moderated debate with participants on the proposed reforms and future prospects of EMU.

Presentation by: Zsolt Darvas, senior fellow, Bruegel, Brussels.

Gabriele Giudice, Head of Unit Directorate General of Economic and Financial Affairs.
Moderator: Kurt Hübner professor, University of British Columbia (Canada).

PANEL TWO: The Future of European Defence

Moderated debate with participants on initiatives to enhance the EU's defence profile.

Presentation by: Steven Blockmans, senior fellow, head of unit, CEPS, Brussels.

Arnout Molenaar, Senior Expert, European External Action Service.
Moderator: Martin Dangerfield professor, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

PANEL THREE: Harnessing globalisation

Moderated debate with participants on how the EU should realign its policies to make the most of globalisation.

Presentation by: Kolja Raube, senior researcher, KU Leuven. (BE).

Miroslaw Galar, Negotiator, Directorate General Trade European Commission.
Moderator: Kirstyn Inglis visiting professor, University of Sao Paolo (BRA).

PANEL FOUR: The social dimension of Europe

Moderated debate with participants on social policies and initiatives.

Presentation by: Member of Parliament (Slovakia) Senior Research Fellow and Head of Jobs & Skills Unit, (CEPS), Brussels (Belgium).

Gelu Calacean, Assistant to the Director General, Directorate General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Moderator: Alessandro Alemanno, professor, HEC, Paris (FR).

PANEL FIVE: The future of EU budget: what to expect?

Moderated debate with participants on how the EU's budget which is a powerful policy tool for the union should be designed to achieve maximum relevance and efficiency.

Presentation by: Jorge Nunez Ferrer, senior fellow, CEPS, Brussels (Belgium).

Gábor Iván, Director, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union (GSC).
Moderator: Rob Ackrill, professor, Nottingham Business School (UK).

 

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.00

Closing of conference

Jim Cloos, Deputy Director-General of the General Secretariat of the Council